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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Big Brother - A Nation of Suspects

Remember in May 2008 when I wrote this?
"I see that Nanny's much "respected" and "efficient" Home Orifice is considering plans to build a humongous database to store the details of every phone call made, every email sent and every web page visited by British citizens in the previous year."
At the time the Conservatives campaigned against such a move.

Move forward some four years and oddly enough, on the same day that Cameron is appearing before Leveson, the Home Orifice and Theresa May have chosen to announce that Nanny intends to go forward with plans to monitor our electronic and online activities.

Nanny intends to track everything we do electronically, in a way that no other democratic country does.

Nanny uses the convenient "it will catch paedophiles" excuse.

Ms May claims that Nanny's laws would only be used to access "crucial bits of information" and would not invade people's privacy. She denied that there was a lack of control over the laws despite admitting that there were more than 500,000 requests for such information.


The Telegraph quotes Dominic Raab, a Tory MP:
"Mass indiscriminate surveillance risks turning Britain into a nation of suspects. 

The security case for extra powers has not been made out, and the technical risks of fraud and data loss are huge.”
David Davis sums up the issue succinctly by noting that it would only catch the innocent and incompetent. He went on to say (as per the Guardian):
"This is exactly the same thing that Labour proposed in 2009. They went from a central database to this and we attacked it fiercely. In fact, David Cameron attacked it.

It's not content, but it's incredibly intrusive.

If they really want to do things like this – and we all accept they use data to catch criminals – get a warrant. Get a judge to sign a warrant, not the guy at the next desk, not somebody else in the same organisation."
He has hit the nail on the head, as with all of Nanny's plans for introducing new laws on this that and the other, she always conveniently fails to remember that we already have laws and procedures (eg relating to warrants) that can (if used properly) deal with issues such as "online criminality".

However, even if we manage to stop this, I am afraid far worse is coming.

Ladies and Gentlemen I present project Stellar Wind (due to go live in 2013):
"Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013.
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”....

Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.
Good luck everyone, we are entering an era where will be watched, monitored and manipulated by the state as never before!

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  1. Isn't this the sort of thing Nanny got her knickers in a twist over when so called undemocratic states wanted to do this?

    Ohhh I se, it is only against 'uman rights if someone else is doing it.....Bloody interfering Nanny.

  2. Anonymous4:31 PM

    This is not simply ‘bloody interfering’, it is a fucking huge infringement into my personal freedom. I can’t even see the ‘If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear’ brigade being in favour of this one.

    The logistics are staggering. Tens of thousands of faceless individuals would be needed to monitor the billions of gigabytes created daily.

    And so what if they do uncover an occasional terrorist plot or expose a few dozen paedophiles? Does that warrant the loss of privacy for hundreds of millions of innocent people?

    This cunt of a Prime Minister and his bastard bunch of expenses fiddling ministers were voted in by the people of the country on the promise that they would sort out the economy. There was no mention before they were elected that they would turn all of their constituents that lined up to cast their votes into suspects of the state.

    I would say that an option is to sabotage the system which will obviously search for key words and phrases in our communications. Insert the word ‘jihad’ or the phrase ‘assassinate Obama’ into all of your daily correspondences. But this goes beyond playing games with software.

    People should take to the streets about this. The media should do its job in informing the public about the consequences of total state control.

    This government and any other that propose and endorse such monitoring of the people have no right to govern in a (supposedly) democratic country.

    1. Anonymous1:19 AM

      Superb! Agree strongly with all of it.

  3. Adrian7:57 PM

    On the bright side, I look forward to the day when one of the ardent supporters of this sort of measure are caught out by it doing something they shouldn't have done. Watch them all back track then!

  4. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells10:02 PM

    Look at the incompetence of Crapita's Criminal Records Bureau, who regularly attribute innocent people with someone else's criminal record. Now you have governments and Big Business (is there a difference?) with access to poorly maintained databases, administered by incompetents, running on untried and slovenly written software. Our reliance on IT is going to be our downfall. Meanwile Cameron's Corporate State gains ever more power. The future is here, the future is an unholy combination of Soylent Green, Robocop and Blade Runner.

  5. Information overload and so no problem.

  6. Howard11:23 AM

    I've decided that the best way for me and my followers to discuss ways to bring down civilisation, society, governments, military and FIFA is a spanking brand new concept which will defeat any attempts by authority to read e-mails, texts, blogs or follow on-line activity.

    I've booked a room upstairs in the pub. Week next Thursday if you're available.

    1. I hope you'll sweep it for bugs first, and while you're at it, consider some piped music to frustrate attempts at listening from outside by laser microphones...